Child Care Licensing

Teacher reading bookThe North Dakota Department of Human Services administers the licensure of Early Childhood Services (child care) and helps develop standards to regular child care settings.  Many of the child care programs are able to participate in the Child Care Assistance Program and the USDA Food Program.   For additional information, please visit the Early Childhood Services in North Dakota website.  Packets for each category are provided below; if individual, interactive forms are requested, please visit the ND Forms Portal.  

Licensed Child Care Providers Categories

Unlicensed Child Care Provider Categories:

  • Self-Declared Providers: Individuals care for 5 or fewer children or 3 infants in a home.  These providers must meet some minimal standards including a background check and basic health and safety training, are inspected prior to approval, and receive one monitoring visit per year. 
  • Approved Relatives: Individuals care for 5 or fewer children or 3 infants.  The approved relatives must be related by marriage, blood relationship or court order and include: grandparents, great-grandparents, aunts, and uncles.  A sibling who is age 18 or older and who does not live in the same home as the children for whom care is being provided, can also become an approved relative.  Approved relative providers and adult household members receive a background check.  These providers are not monitored.

Additional Resources:

For questions, please refer to the resources listed above or contact the Child Care Licensing Specialists at (701) 241-5765.